Ancient Keeper. It may sound like an insult, but for Master Chief Petty Officer Terry Lathrop, it’s his new well-deserved title. In a ceremony held last week, Master Chief Petty Officer James Clemens, who retired from the Coast Guard with 30 years of service, relinquished his title of the Coast Guard’s Ancient Keeper to Lathrop during a special ceremony, which followed the station’s change of watch.
The Coast Guard’s commitment to cyberspace as an operating domain requires a comprehensive strategy that provides a clear framework for mission execution. Today, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft released his new Cyber Strategy, which aligns with the Department of Homeland Security’s and Department of Defense’s plans and will guide the service’s efforts in the cyber domain for the next 10 years.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft dedicated a training center within Coast Guard Headquarters in honor of Dr. Olivia Hooker, the first African-American woman in the Coast Guard.
Currently, the 1960s-era 210-foot and the 1980s-era 270-foot medium endurance cutters are the link between the Coast Guard’s national security cutters and fast response cutters. However, this link is under untenable strain, characterized by decreasing readiness and skyrocketing maintenance costs.
As he marks one year of service as Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft participated in a video Q&A on his Facebook page. Take a look at the video to hear directly from the Commandant on his views relating to the budget realities of today, manning challenges at stations across the country and who he’d like to have over for dinner.
Next Saturday will mark Adm. Paul Zukunft’s first year as Commandant and he is inviting Facebook followers to share what’s on their mind once again. This time around, the Commandant will host a video Q&A. Please leave your questions for the Commandant at his Facebook page and he’ll answer the top questions in a video message to be released May 29, 2015.
It was a chilly morning to start the Face of America bicycle ride in Arlington, Virginia when Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft motioned toward nearly 150 disabled cyclists and addressed the gathered crowd, “If you don’t know what TEAM stands for it’s ‘The Exceptional Athlete Matters” and, if you look toward the veterans who are determined to ride 110 miles, you’ll see our exceptional athletes. We’re all going to finish together and this is going to be an awesome ride.”
One of the greatest tests of the Coast Guard’s ability to surge forces in response to a major contingency occurred five years ago today when the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, the Coast Guard responded along with others in the maritime community. While the collective response saved 115 people from the rig’s crew, 11 lives were tragically lost.
Appearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security today, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft testified on funding investments in Coast Guard men and women, the recapitalization of an aging fleet and the sustainment of front-line operations.
In the first town hall of its kind for the service, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell conducted a live Facebook Q&A. Hosted on the Commandant’s Facebook page, the Coast Guard’s senior leaders fielded questions from a broad spectrum of Facebook followers – including active duty, reserve and auxiliary members, spouses and members of the Coast Guard community at large.